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Bees and Wasps in Orange County

bees and wasps in Orange County

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Stinging insects like bees and wasps are common pests found in Orange County. They are most active during the summer months and into the fall.

Here are some of the most common bees and wasps found in Southern California, along with ways to get rid of them.

Common Bees and Wasps in Orange County


  • These stinging pests are small in size, only reaching about 1/2″ in length. They have oval-shaped bodies with yellow and brown banding.
  • They are pollinators for over 100 species of plants, making them a vital part of the ecosystem and rendering them a protected species.
  • They are typically docile but will defend their hives if provoked.
  • Honeybees will die after one sting, so they usually attack in large numbers.


  • Bumblebees are also an important part of the ecosystem as pollinators.
  • They are soft and fuzzy with black and yellow bodies.
  • They are fuller-bodied than their honeybee cousins.
  • They are not usually aggressive, and only the females of the species can sting.
  • They aren’t considered a problem unless they are overpopulated in your area.

Carpenter Bees

  • Carpenter bees resemble bumblebees without softness and fuzziness.
  • These bees are black with only yellow markings on their heads.
  • They are not aggressive and won’t defend their nests.
  • They cause damage by boring holes into the wood posts of decks, porches, siding, rafters, fences, etc.

Paper Wasps

  • Paper wasps are also known as common wasps.
  • They can grow up to 1″ in length and have yellow and brown striping on their bodies.
  • They like to nest in door frames, under eaves, and rafters.
  • They are very aggressive when their nests are disturbed.

What Attracts Bees and Wasps?

  • Most bees are drawn to food and/or sweet scents.
  • Carpenter bees are attracted to unpainted wood surfaces.
  • Wasps are drawn to protein and sugary foods.

Bee and Wasp Removal in Orange County

The removal technique for bees and wasps depends on the type of stinging pest you are dealing with. Most treatments involve nest or hive removal.

Some will also perform live swarm removal so the entire infestation is removed in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.

If you have a problem with bees and wasps, contact us today to get started.

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